The Colorama was one of the longest running corporate advertising campaigns of the twentieth century. First conceived by Eastman Kodak Company in 1949, when Waldo B. Potter was its director of advertising operations, these massive backlit transparencies were designed to demonstrate the brilliance of color photography. Neil Montanus (American, 1927–2019) photographed 55 Coloramas–the most of any photographer. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Montanus was hired by Eastman Kodak as a staff photographer in 1954. Montanus’s picture was the second Colorama to depict the site of the Incan city of Machu Picchu.
A bronze sculpture of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is installed outside the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Gregory Halpern: 19 winters / 7 springs in the Project Gallery, the George Eastman Museum is premiering the short experimental film Gregory Halper’s April (2023, 16mm transferred to HD digital video).
Visitors will immerse themselves in the near boundaryless innovation of drama, comedy, horror, and overall power of the 1960s through film poster art in the Main Galleries.